After he was named the National Athletic Association of Private Schools' Class 3A National Player of the Year, University Heights Academy's KyKy Tandy received another honor on Tuesday.

USA Today named Tandy its Player of the Year in Kentucky, solidifying the Xavier signee's position at the top of his class in the bluegrass.

Tandy averaged 26 points per game his senior year and was joined by Madison Central's Isaiah Cozart, Trinity's David Johnson, John Hardin's Alex Matthews and Elliott county's Korbin Spencer on the first team.

Pendleton County's Dontaie Allen, Kentucky's Mr. Basketball, was named to the second team along with Clinton County's Jackson Harlan, Campbell County's Reid Jolly, Scott County's Michael Moreno and South Lauren's J.J. Ramey.

Former Tiger transferring from MSU

Former Hopkinsville Tiger Jalen Johnson announced his intent to transfer from Murray State on Tuesday morning in an Instagram post.

"First off I want to thank coach (Matt) McMahon and staff for recruiting and giving me the opportunity to play for a championship team," Johnson said in his post. "Also, thank you to the friends, family and fans of Murray that have been nothing but encouraging and positive during this season. Lastly, I want to thank my brothers that I competed with during practice and learned so much from this year. 100.

"After talking with my parents I have decided to transfer and open my recruitment process as I continue this journey. #FAMILY"

With Johnson's departure, the Racers have another scholarship available for 2019-20.

The 6-1 former Tiger appeared in 19 games for a total of 55 minutes played -- where he averaged 0.5 points and 0.7 rebounds with two made 3-pointers, two free throws and added seven assists with just two turnovers.

BASEBALL

Caldwell wins battle of the Tigers with Hoptown

It was the battle of the Tigers on Friday at Hopkinsville High School with Caldwell County coming out victorious against the Tigers of Hoptown.

Caldwell County never trailed in the game and headed back to Princeton with a 4-2 victory in a game that felt like postseason play.

"It kind of felt like a tournament game and that's why you play these games," Caldwell coach Bradley Stallins said. "Two quality teams playing against each other. I thought Hoptown's starting pitcher did a very good job of battling some adversity and staying with it and staying in the game. It was a good game all the way around."

For Hoptown, the Tigers struggled at the plate and were outhit 10-3 in the game.

Big inning propels Tigers to 6-3 victory

Despite only scoring in two innings and being out-hit, the Hopkinsville Tigers used a big second inning to take down Daviess County, 6-3, Monday at Tiger Field.

After Aaron Crosby popped and Joh Duvall was doubled up at first, the Tigers reeled off five runs with the rally starting with a Robert Justus single to left.

Logan Durst, Ryan Myers and Layne Jorgensen each had singles in the frame to help put together the big inning for the Tigers.

Hoptown coach Blake Leach said after the game that he wishes his team brought the same mindset to every inning as they did the second, but doing all that damage with two outs did show him something about his team.

"We got some fight," he said. "We just got to keep it consistent. We can't fight for two innings then just kind of let it ride for the next five. I knew they were going to be better regardless of their record. I've known that guy for a while, he's a good coach.

"I kind of get the feeling sometimes that we look at scoreboards too much, as to what everybody's done. That kind of what measures our play and that shouldn't be. We should come out here every time with fire and brimstone and be ready to do. We still got some work to get there."

Blazers hold off Ohio County

After going up 5-0, University Heights Academy held off a late rally to defeat Ohio County 5-3 on Monday.

Dan Johnson led the team with two RBIs, and also pitched six innings, earning the win in the contest. The win pushes UHA over .500 with an 8-7 record.

The Blazers will face Fort Campbell at 5:30 p.m. today on the road.

Christian County cruises by Fort Campbell for 8th District win

Christian County scored in every inning but the second as the Colonels cruised to an 18-2 win over 8th District foe Fort Campbell.

The Colonels led 7-2 heading to the fifth as they scored 11 runs to put the game out of reach for the host Falcons.

Lane Diuguid had a grand slam and finished with five RBIs to lead the Colonels. Austin Fields, Eric Silvy and Wyatt Stevenson also had home runs in the victory.

Stevenson, Diuguid, Fields, Jase Polley and Bryson Brown each finished with multiple hits for Christian County.

Polley got the victory on the hill as he threw all five innings while allowing five hits and striking out five Falcons in the game.

Tiger bats come alive in 17-5 rout of Henderson County

After only scoring in two frames Monday night, the Hopkinsville Tigers scored runs in five innings Tuesday as they came away with a 17-5 victory against the Henderson County Colonels.

Hoptown never trailed in the contest as they led 3-1 after the opening frame and never looked back.

Layne Jorgensen and Landon Snyder each finished with three hits while Jorgensen and John Duvall each scored four times for the Tigers in the win.

Preston Chaudoin earned the victory on the hill after he went five innings while allowing four hits, two earned runs. Chaudion also struck out three and walked five in the game.

Hoptown's 17 runs are the most its scored this season and the eighth time in 14 games that they scored double-digit runs.

Blazers bounce back against Webster

A day after falling in the 2nd Region All "A" Classic championship game, the University Heights Academy Blazers bounced back with a 4-1 over at Webster County against the Trojans.

UHA jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning and never looked back.

Tanner Thomas went the distance for the Blazers and finished with a complete game to earn the win. Thomas gave up three hits, one earned run and struck out seven in the game.

Dan Johnson led UHA at the plate with two hits, two runs and an RBI. Luke Welch added a bit and an RBI while Ben Stone also had an RBI for the Blazers.

SOFTBALL

Lady Tigers power past UHA in high-scoring contest

For the second-straight night, Hopkinsville's Nadia Clayton hit a home run for the Lady Tigers, but on Tuesday it came in a winning effort as Hoptown cruised by University Heights Academy 25-7.

With their win, the Lady Tigers are the No. 2 seed in next month's 8th District tournament as they'll yet again face the UHA Lady Blazers, but they'll be the home team on the scoreboard.

Hoptown led 5-1 after the first frame and continued to build its lead throughout the game.

Clayton wasn't the only Lady Tiger to take one over the fence as Marley Hancock also delivered a home run.

Hancock not only helped Hoptown in the batter's box, she also helped in the circle as she delivered a win as well.

Hancock struck out six over four innings while allowing three earned runs.

Kaitlyn Kaetzel, Taiya Straight and Clayton combined for eight hits and 10 RBIs for the Lady Tigers in the victory.

UHA's seven runs are the most its scored since the Lady Blazers' season-opening win against Fort Campbell where they beat the Lady Falcons 12-2.

Blane, Shemwell homer as Lady Colonels down Greenwood

Emmy Blane and Tyler Shemwell continued their offensive surge this season as Christian County took down Greenwood 5-0 Tuesday.

Hannah Sumner shut down Greenwood as she threw all seven innings and finished with a shutout. Sumner struck out two and walked three in the victory while allowing just four hits.

Blane, Tyler Shemwell, Hope Jones and Tenley Gilbert each finished with two hits for the Lady Colonels.

Lady Tigers' rally falls short against McLean

Down 4-1 in the sixth, the Hopkinsville Lady Tigers scored two runs in the bottom half, but were unable to get anything else, falling 4-3 to McLean County.

Marley Hancock pitched seven innings in the loss, striking out 10 batters on the way. Nadia Clayton added a home run in the loss for the Lady Tigers.

Christian County splits the weekend matchups

Despite an early deficit, the Christian County Lady Colonels continued to fight back and came away with a 6-4 victory over McCracken County on Saturday at CCHS. With one on in the bottom of the eighth, Christian County's Tyler Shemwell lifted a ball deep to right field and over the wall to give the Lady Colonels the win and hand McCracken County its first loss to a Kentucky team.

Shemwell, Jones and Reni Shemwell each finished with two RBIs for Christian County.

County followed up the walk-off win with a 7-5 loss to Webster County.

Webster scored four runs in the fourth inning, which added on to the two runs it had already scored in the game to grab the win.

Lady Blazers fall on the road to McLean County

The University Heights Academy Lady Blazers scored two runs in the top of the first, but it wouldn't be able to get any more runs across as they fell to McLean County 17-2 on Friday.

TENNIS

County boys, Hoptown girls win on Friday

Christian County and Hopkinsville squared off on the tennis courts Friday with both teams taking home wins.

The Colonels boys' team defeated the Tigers 5-4, while Hoptown's girls defeated County's girls 8-1.

On the girls' side, the singles matches were dominated by the Lady Tigers, as they won all six contests. Hoptown's only loss came from the No. 2 doubles team, where Morgan Brown and Ava Tomberlin fell 8-3 to Carly Shaw and Alexis Hogan.

For the boys, both County and Hoptown won three singles matches. The Colonels came out on top thanks to two wins in doubles.

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